Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1976. Crossbow Productions. Story by Ron Clark, Screenplay by Mel Brooks, Ron Clark, Rudy De Luca, Barry Levinson. Cinematography by Paul Lohmann. Produced by Michael Hertzberg. Music by John Morris. Production Design by Albert Brenner. Costume Design by Patricia Norris. Film Editing by Stanford C. Allen, John C. Howard. Golden Globe Awards 1976. National Board of Review Awards 1976.
This one-joke comedy has its enjoyable moments but you’re likely to get tired of it by the end. Mel Brooks pays charming tribute to the good old days of silent movies with a film that features no dialogue except one spoken word in its entire running time. In it, he plays a filmmaker who wants to make the first silent feature in 40 years and tries to get some famous stars to appear in it. Cameos by the likes of Liza Minnelli, James Caan, Anne Bancroft (the real Mrs. Brooks), Paul Newman and Burt Reynolds are worth catching, but don’t expect too many laughs…they run out about halfway through. Still, it’s a great idea even if it does reek of gimmickry.